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An Underworld at War By Donald Thomas

An Underworld at War by Donald Thomas

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Summary

The activities of underworld, extending into a civilian black market and armed forces, are one of the great untold stories of Second World War. The profits of civilian racketeering dwarfed rewards of smash-and-grab or safebreaking, though these continued apace. This book tells the tale of these Britons.

An Underworld at War Summary

An Underworld at War by Donald Thomas

The activities of the underworld, extending into a civilian black market and the armed forces, are one of the great untold stories of the Second World War. The profits of civilian racketeering dwarfed the rewards of smash-and-grab or safebreaking, though these continued apace. Professional gangs raided government offices for ration books and underground presses counterfeited petrol and clothing coupons in tens of thousands. The scale of theft in the army was also colossal, with whole consignments of cigarettes, razor-blades and NAAFI stores disappearing. Donald Thomas draws on extensive archive material to tell the extraordinary tale of these less-heroic Britons. The facts he uncovers are often so preposterous that in a novel they would seem unbelievable.

An Underworld at War Reviews

'Well researched catalogue of infamy' -- The Times 20040214 'Fascinating book ... a richly readable and absorbing account' -- Times Higher Education Supplement 20031219 'This is a wonderful book, the best I have read for ages. It is beautifully written, utterly compelling: almost without fault in every respect. Thomas, who was a boy during the war, understands his metier intimately' -- Simon Heffer, Literary Review 20031219 'In this astonishing book Donald Thomas shows, in utterly absorbing detail, just how common ! criminal behaviour was in Britain during the Second World War' -- Sunday Times 20031219 'Thomas has excelled himself. His book is mesmerising and is an unputdownable and brilliantly researched page-turner. An important and riveting study in social history, it also has a very pertinent relevance in the overtaxed, overruled and crime-riddled society that is Britain today.' -- Sunday Times 20031219 'Having read this magnificent book, one understands that such humour is so powerful because it is rooted in the shared experience of a country at war' -- Simon Heffer, Literary Review 20031219 'Donald Thomas's fascinating book ... is full of wonderful examples of dishonesty, from the most mundane ... to the shocking' -- Daily Telegraph 20040228 'Wartime Britain was full of people who resisted the call to altruism ... Thomas's account, filled with anecdotes and eye-opening detail, brings them back to life' -- Sunday Times 20040328 'If you thought the home front in WWII was about good citizens being decent and upstanding, think again: it was a racketeer's paradise' -- Time Out 20030601

About Donald Thomas

'An Underworld at War' follows Donald Thomas's widely-praised 'The Victorian Underworld', shortlisted for the Golden Dagger Award. He is the author of seven biographies including 'Cardigan of Balaclava' and his best-selling life of 'Cochrane: Britannia's Sea Wolf'. He is also a respected novelist and has won the Gregory Award for his poems 'Points of Contact'. He was born in Somerset, educated at Queen's College, Taunton and Balliol College, Oxford. He holds a personal chair in the University of Wales, Cardiff.

Additional information

GOR001226997
9780719557323
0719557321
An Underworld at War by Donald Thomas
Used - Very Good
Hardback
John Murray Press
2003-07-03
448
N/A
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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